Sydney Cup 2020

Saturday April 11, 2020

Ladbrokes Tip: The Chairman’s Handicap has produced more Sydney Cup winners than any other lead-up race

The Sydney Cup is one of four Group 1 Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival features held on Day 2 of The Championships at Royal Randwick Racecourse on the second Saturday in April each season.

The meeting’s headline race is also the The Championship’s richest – the Group 1 $4 million Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m). The Sydney Cup is another lucrative clash offering a total of $2 million in prize money including $1.2 million to the Sydney Cup winner.

In 2020 the Sydney Cup prize money was reduced to $1 million with $580,000 for the winner due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Run over 3200m the two mile classic is held over the same distance as the ‘race that stops a nation’ – the Group 1 Melbourne Cup at Flemington on the first Tuesday of November in the spring. Stayers in the Sydney Cup field face off under handicap conditions with the lowest handicap weight being 50kgs, or 48kgs for the three-year-olds. Winners of the Chipping Norton Stakes and Tancred Stakes (formerly The BMW) are exempt from Sydney Cup ballot.

The traditional lead-up to the Sydney Cup is the Group 2 Chairman’s Handicap (2600m) run the previous Saturday and that also offers a ballot and penalty exemption for the Group 1 back at the track the following weekend.

The last horse to complete the Chairman’s Handicap – Sydney Cup double was the Gai Waterhouse-trained The Offer (2014).

The 2020 Sydney Cup took place at Royal Randwick on Saturday April 11, 2020 and was won by the former Kiwi-trained mare Etah James. 

Sydney Cup Race Info

  • Date: Saturday April 11, 2020
  • Track: Royal Randwick Racecourse
  • Distance: 3200m
  • Conditions: Handicap
  • Status: Group 1
  • Prize Money: $2 million ($1 million in 2020 due to COVID-19)
  • First Run: 1862

2020 Sydney Cup Results

The 2020 Sydney Cup results and finishing order will be confirmed on Saturday April 11, 2020 and announced below as soon as available.

  • 1st: #10 Etah James
  • 2nd: #6 The Chosen One
  • 3rd: #4 Raheen House

Having her first start for Ciaron Maher & David Eustace, former New Zealand-trained Auckland Cup performing mare Etah James ($14) enjoyed an upset win over the Kiwi raider The Chosen One ($18) in the 2020 Sydney Cup results.

Place # Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Barrier Weight SP
1 10 ETAH JAMES (NZ) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Glen Boss 8 51kg (cd 51.5kg) $14
2 6 THE CHOSEN ONE (NZ) Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman Kerrin McEvoy 0.2L 5 53.5kg $18
3 4 RAHEEN HOUSE (IRE) Kris Lees Brenton Avdulla 0.7L 2 54kg $6
4 11 SWEET THOMAS (GER) Matthew Smith Ms Rachel King 3.2L 10 51kg $31
5 1 MUSTAJEER (GB) Kris Lees Nash Rawiller 4L 3 57.5kg $5.50
6 9 ANGEL OF TRUTH Gwenda Markwell Sam Clipperton 4.3L 12 52.5kg (cd 53.5kg) $11
7 2 YOUNG RASCAL (FR) William Haggas Tom Marquand 6.2L 9 56kg $2.90F
8 5 GALLIC CHIEFTAIN (FR) Archie Alexander Jason Collett 18.1L 6 53.5kg $18
9 8 YOGI (NZ) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Jean Van Overmeire (a) 18.3L 1 52.5kg $21
10 12 SAUNTER BOY (FR) Kris Lees Jay Ford 26.6L 4 51kg $101
11 3 HUSH WRITER (JPN) Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Tim Clark 59.4L 7 54.5kg $26
12 7 AZURO (FR) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Glyn Schofield 66.5L 11 53kg (cd 53.5kg) $18
13 CORNCRAKE (GB) Matthew Smith Ms Kathy O’Hara 0

Sydney Cup Betting & Odds

Sydney Cup betting is led each year by the best performing stayers in the Chairman’s Handicap held only seven days earlier on Day 1 of The Championships.

Horses that ran in the first four in their lead-up runs have a top record in the classic and so always feature highly up the Sydney Cup odds as do gallopers with proven two mile form.

Only four Sydney Cup winners since 1983 have come off a lead-up run outside of Sydney with the former Kiwi-trained mare Etah James (2020) having run fourth in the Auckland Cup across the Tasman, the UK raider Polarisation (2017), Adelaide Cup winner Gallic (2007) and Mr. Prudent (2001) who ran third in a Melbourne Group 3 at Caulfield.

Sydney Cup favourites have a solid record in the race over the past decade with six saluting for the punters from 2005 – 2020 most recently The Offer (2014).

Older gallopers also run well in the race with five seven-year-old winners including Etah James (2020), one eight-year-old veteran and Who Shot The Barman (2018) winning at nine years of age from 2006 – 2020.

2020 Sydney Cup Odds

The Sydney Cup 2020 betting odds will be published below as soon as markets on the Group 1 two mile classic are open.


Sydney Cup Field
Sydney Cup odds were long on the 2015 winner Grand Marshal

Grand Marshal (2015) won at Sydney Cup odds of $41 in an upset autumn Group 1 result. Photo Credit: Steve Hart.

The Sydney Cup field attracts the season’s best stayers coming out of the Chairman’s Handicap the previous weekend also held at Randwick.

The Chairman’s Handicap has produced more Sydney Cup winners than any other lead-up race with The Offer (2014) the latest to do the double.

Sydney Cup nominations close on a Monday in early February before first acceptances are taken a month later.

The final Sydney Cup field of acceptors and barrier draw are then out on the Tuesday before the race and often attracts horses that have previous two mile form in races like the Adelaide Cup in March and the spring’s iconic Melbourne Cup.

2020 Sydney Cup Field

The Sydney Cup 2020 field and barrier draw will be announced by Racing NSW on the Tuesday leading-up to race day and published in full below.

The 2020 Sydney Cup final field attracted 13 stayers with NE Manion Cup winning UK raider Young Rascal the one to beat in barrier 10.

  • Scratchings: #13 Corncrake (1)
# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp. Rating
1 235160×122 MUSTAJEER (GB) Kris Lees Nash Rawiller 4 57.5kg 111
2 11x56x19x1 YOUNG RASCAL (FR) William Haggas Tom Marquand 10 56kg 106
3 621816×700 HUSH WRITER (JPN) Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Tim Clark 8 54.5kg 105
4 x23960x661 RAHEEN HOUSE (IRE) Kris Lees Brenton Avdulla 3 54kg 104
5 042874×974 GALLIC CHIEFTAIN (FR) Archie Alexander Jason Collett 7 53.5kg 103
6 91950×3857 THE CHOSEN ONE (NZ) Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman Kerrin McEvoy 6 53.5kg 103
7 1×05531377 AZURO (FR) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Glyn Schofield 12 53kg 102
8 50x23x7896 YOGI (NZ) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Jean Van Overmeire (a) 2 52.5kg 101
9 5800×89575 ANGEL OF TRUTH Gwenda Markwell Sam Clipperton 13 52.5kg 101
10 x874641634 ETAH JAMES (NZ) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Glen Boss 9 51kg 98
11 15x600x477 SWEET THOMAS (GER) Matthew Smith Ms Rachel King 11 51kg 98
12 4554x057x5 SAUNTER BOY (FR) Kris Lees Jay Ford 5 51kg 89
13 4111×32711 CORNCRAKE (GB) Matthew Smith Ms Kathy O’Hara 1 51kg 66

2020 Sydney Cup First Acceptances

Sydney Cup first acceptances are taken in early March a month after the original nominations and about four weeks out from race day.

There were 52 Sydney Cup 2020 first acceptances with the UK visitor Young Rascal tipped as the one to beat after a gutsy win fresh in Sydney’s NE Manion Cup.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp. Rating
1 342x1x1311 AKTAU (GB) G 4 Michael Moroney 90
2 5800×89575 ANGEL OF TRUTH G 4 Gwenda Markwell 101
3 143276×507 ATTENTION RUN (GER) M 5 Kris Lees 90
4 125x11x680 ATTORNEY (FR) G 5 Matthew Smith 76
5 2147×54533 AVILIUS (GB) G 6 James Cummings 116
6 1×05531377 AZURO (FR) G 6 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 102
7 3240×79968 BEAU BALMAIN (GER) G 5 Jim Conlan 87
8 15222×0352 CARIF H 4 Peter & Paul Snowden 99
9 1158×80453 CHOUXTING THE MOB (NZ) G 6 Simon Morrish 89
10 112617×909 COME PLAY WITH ME G 5 Chris Waller 107
11 4111×32711 CORNCRAKE (GB) H 4 Matthew Smith 66
12 124×615129 DABIYR (IRE) G 5 Chris Waller 94
13 7814515222 DARK PEARL (IRE) G 6 Chris Waller 77
14 21112×08 DJUKON (GB) G 4 Chris Waller 92
15 1512141340 DONNDUBHAN G 5 Brent Stanley 75
16 10111x42x7 ESTI FENY (HUN) H 5 Matthew Smith 91
17 x874641634 ETAH JAMES (NZ) M 7 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 98
18 37x47Px960 FAIRLIGHT (IRE) G 5 Kris Lees 71
19 0426351625 FUN FACT G 4 Bjorn Baker 88
20 19211×1253 FUTURE SCORE (IRE) G 5 Matt Cumani 92
21 042874×974 GALLIC CHIEFTAIN (FR) H 7 Archie Alexander 103
22 2251110596 GARBHAN G 6 Brent Stanley 74
23 3x5559x864 GLORY DAYS (NZ) M 7 Bill Thurlow 104
24 621816×700 HUSH WRITER (JPN) G 5 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 105
25 22x171353x IL PARADISO (USA) H 4 Chris Waller 107
26 55121×1071 ILWENDO (GER) H 6 Matthew Smith 80
27 82112×5147 JUST BENJAMIN (GB) G 4 Anthony Freedman 80
28 1x3349x211 KING OF LEOGRANCE (FR) G 5 Danny O’Brien 91
29 54×2561165 LUVALUVA (NZ) M 5 John Sargent 107
30 516530×887 MIDTERM (GB) G 7 Michael & Luke Cerchi 95
31 2348126789 MORTON’S FORK G 6 Richard Litt 94
32 x156x11126 MUGATOO (IRE) G 5 Kris Lees 84
33 235160×122 MUSTAJEER (GB) G 7 Kris Lees 111
34 x058321023 PLATINUM INVADOR (NZ) G 4 Lisa Latta 99
35 142×821950 PRIMITIVO G 5 John Thompson 96
36 x23960x661 RAHEEN HOUSE (IRE) G 6 Kris Lees 104
37 170x540x38 RED CARDINAL (IRE) G 8 Kris Lees 105
38 4554x057x5 SAUNTER BOY (FR) G 7 Kris Lees 89
39 11x111x310 SHARED AMBITION (IRE) G 4 Chris Waller 97
40 x07005x532 SOUND (GER) H 7 Michael Moroney 103
41 6441301×79 SOUTHERN FRANCE (IRE) H 5 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 110
42 40490×5445 STARS OF CARRUM G 4 Pat Carey 86
43 16x2026x43 SUPERNOVA (GB) G 5 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 95
44 15x600x477 SWEET THOMAS (GER) G 8 Matthew Smith 98
45 12x50x7102 TE AKAU CALIBURN (IRE) H 5 Jamie Richards 91
46 91950×3857 THE CHOSEN ONE (NZ) H 4 Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman 103
47 x71502x880 VENGEUR MASQUE (IRE) G 8 Michael Moroney 107
48 34121×7556 WARNING G 3 Anthony Freedman 103
49 x185310x39 WOLFE (JPN) G 5 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 100
50 6110×97730 WU GOK G 6 Chris Waller 102
51 50x23x7896 YOGI (NZ) G 7 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 101
52 11x56x19x1 YOUNG RASCAL (FR) G 5 William Haggas 106

Sydney Cup Tips

Sydney Cup tips favour proven stayers with good lead-up form at Randwick or Rosehill, especially those that ran well in the previous weekend’s Chairman’s Handicap.

Horses carrying between 52kg and 55.5kg also make for a top Sydney Cup tip with only two winners since 2000 carrying more than that to victory with Gallic (56kg in 2007) and Mourayan (58kg in 2013).

Three-year-olds have poor form in the race with just two wins since 1983 most recently Tie The Knot (1998) for his first, while the last mare to win was Jessicabeel (2010).

2020 Sydney Cup Tips

Our Ladbrokes’ exclusive Sydney Cup 2020 betting tips and exotic selections on the two mile autumn classic will be detailed below the week of the race so stay tuned for the stayers to back and sack in this year’s Sydney Cup trifecta.

  • To Win: #4 Raheen House ($8) 

Going for a bit of value and tipping one of the two in the line-up for Newcastle’s Kris Lees, Raheen House, to continue his good form. The progressive six-year-old won last weekend’s Chairman’s Quality in strong fashion and now looks to be the ninth stayer to do the double, the first since The Offer (2014). Comes back in weight, gets a good run from barrier three and was so good late on Day 1 of ‘The Championships’ it is hard not to see him flying home – relishing the step-up to the two miles – for a run in the money.

Sydney Cup Form Guide

The Sydney Cup form guide gives punters all the information they need pre-betting including the trainers, jockeys, weights and barriers for all the horses in the field.

Looking at the Sydney Cup lead-up form is important with gallopers that finished top four in their final lead-up runs dominating the race, while the Chairman’s Handicap is the best form line for the two mile showdown.

Trainer Chris Waller has prepared four Sydney Cup winners in the past decade with Stand To Gain (2011), Grand Marshal (2015), Who Shot Thebarman (2018) and Shraaoh (2019).

Jim Cassidy is the leading Sydney Cup jockey with three winning rides to date including on the Chris Waller-trained 40/1 roughie Grand Marshal (2015).

Sydney Cup Form Facts

  • The only Sydney Cup winner to finish worse than fourth in their lead-up run since 2006 was Stand To Gain (2011)
  • Only five mares have beaten the boys in the Sydney Cup results in the past 30 years most recently Etah James (2020) and Jessicabeel (2010) a decade apart
  • Five-year-olds won five of the editions of the Sydney Cup from 2011 – 2020
  • In the years from 2008 – 2020 five favourites in Sydney Cup betting saluted for the punters
  • The longest priced Sydney Cup winners in the past 30 years were Just A Dancer ($41 in 1991) and Grand Marshal ($41 in 2015)

2020 Sydney Cup Form Guide

A link to our comprehensive Sydney Cup 2020 Form Guide will be provided for punters below the week of the race.

Sydney Cup Results

Sydney Cup results in the past 10 years have been dominated by the favourites.

The longest priced Sydney Cup winners in that time however were Grand Marshall ($41 in 2015) and Stand To Gain ($21 in 2011) so upsets are also not uncommon. Some of the most noteworthy Sydney Cup winners in the past 30 years include The Offer (2014), Jessicabeel (2010) and Makybe Diva (2004).

Sydney Cup Winners

Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
2020 Etah The Chosen One Raheen House 3:28.4
2019 Shraaoh Vengeur Masque Glory Days 3:22.0
2018 Who Shot Thebarman Zacada Sir Charles Road 3:20.0
2017 Polarisation Who Shot Thebarman Big Duke 3:29.1
2016 Gallante Libran Grand Marshal 3:24.5
2015 Grand Marshal Who Shot Thebarman Like A Carousel 3:24.7
2014 The Offer Opinion Sertorius 3:23.8
2013 Mourayan Norsqui Aliyana Tilde 3:24.2
2012 Niwot Efficient Once Were Wild 3:20.4
2011 Stand To Gain Older Than Time Solid Billing 3:29.1
2010 Jessicabeel Divine Rebel Harris Tweed 3:21.8
2009 Ista Kareem Divine Rebel Mr Tipsy 3:27.4
2008 No Wine No Song Pentathon Lang 3:25.5
2007 Gallic Irazu No Wine No Song 3:27.3
2006 County Tyrone Zabeat Three Chimneys 3:22.6
2005 Mahtoum County Tyrone Philosophe 3:27.6
2004 Makybe Diva Manawa King Mummify 3:21.2
2003 Honor Babe County Tyrone Grey Song 3:30.5
2002 Henderson Bay Mr. Prudent Spirit of Westbury 3:26.7
2001 Mr. Prudent Prophet’s Kiss Starina 3:26.9
2000 Streak Sharscay Ears’ Ronny 3:30.3